Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie

Craig Mazin (2008)

12 Certificate
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Our Score
A bite turns geeky Rick Riker (Drake Bell) into the Dragonfly, in this far-from-subtle superhero satire. It's a cut-and-paste of Batman Begins, X-Men and Fantastic Four references, all shoehorned into the Spider-Man template, with the usual mix of sexual crudity, fart gags and patented shtick from Naked Gun warhorse Leslie Nielsen. There are more laughs than might be expected, though, considering several cast and crew members are veterans of the Scary Movie franchise, and writer/director Craig Mazin's easy-going style ensures a smooth ride through the rapid-fire gag delivery. His cheesy comic-book dialogue is amusingly spot-on, too, and some moments - like the pheromone-crazed lab animals attacking Riker - prove impossible to resist.


A high-school student develops bizarre powers after being bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, and decides to become a costumed crimefighter. But his abilities are put to the test when a mad scientist embarks on a fiendish scheme to become immortal. Comedy spoofing comic-book movies, starring Drake Bell, Sara Paxton and Leslie Nielsen.

Cast & Crew

Rick Riker/Dragonfly Drake Bell
Jill Johnson Sara Paxton
Lou Landers/Hourglass Christopher McDonald
Uncle Albert Adams Leslie Nielsen
Dr Strom Brent Spiner
Dr Whitby Jeffrey Tambor
Blaine Riker Robert Hays
Invisible Girl Pamela Anderson
Director Craig Mazin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 6 Jun 2008